(WASHINGTON, D.C., 8/5/18) - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy and civil rights organization, today applauded the Idaho Republic Party for publicly repudiating an anti-Muslim slur used by a GOP candidate in that state.
Last week, CAIR called on the party to repudiate comments by Kevin Rhoades, a Boise Republican legislative candidate, who wrote, “happy to delete another American hating muzzie,” as he posted a photo of another Idahoan he blocked on his public Facebook page. “Of course he lives here and benefits from our great nations’ [sic] tax benefits,” Rhoades wrote about the man. “But he hates people like you. His book teaches him to.”
SEE: CAIR Calls on Idaho GOP to Repudiate Candidate’s Anti-Muslim ‘Muzzie’ Slur
In a statement, the Idaho Republican Party said: “We appreciate CAIR bringing this to our attention. It’s obvious both men used language that was highly uncivil and disrespectful to each other as well as offensive to many other Americans. We condemn this type of language and dialogue.”
SEE: GOP Candidate Says His Anti-Muslim Post was ‘Cagefighter Staged Hysteria’
“We applaud the Idaho Republican Party for standing up for civil dialogue and condemning Islamophobic rhetoric,” said CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper. “Those who seek public office should recognize our nation’s diversity and treat all Americans with respect.”
CAIR’s Massachusetts chapter recently condemned a series of Islamophobic mailers targeting congressional candidate Tahirah Amatul-Wadud.
VIDEO: CAIR-MA Condemns Islamophobic Mailers Targeting Congressional Candidate
The Washington-based Muslim civil rights organization has reported an unprecedented spike in bigotry targeting American Muslims, immigrants
Earlier this year, CAIR released its 2018 Civil Rights Report, “Targeted,” which showed a 17 percent increase in bias-motivated incidents against American Muslims from 2016 to 2017, and a 15 percent increase in the number of anti-Muslim hate crimes in that same time period.
SEE: 2018 Civil Rights Report: Targeted
Community members are being urged to report any bias incidents to police and to CAIR’s Civil Rights Department at 202-742-6420 or by going to: https://www.cair.com/report
CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.
La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.
CONTACT: CAIR National Communications Manager Naaz Modan, email@example.com; CAIR National Communications Director Ibrahim Hooper, 202-744-7726, firstname.lastname@example.org